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Sovereign God

Sovereign God

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No man can come to me, except the Father that sent me draw
him: and I will raise him up in the last day (Jn.6:44).

Some parents feel very guilty that, though they did the best
they could, their children seem to be going the wrong way. Te
following teaching is not against those who have faithfully
served the Lord from their youth but rather for those who
feel that the Lord has passed them or their children by.
Walk by faith for those wayward children, not sight. Believe
in your prayers, expect miracles, but be patient. God has a
plan that starts for them long before their salvation. Give
some deep thought to this. It will free you from worry,
strife, condemnation and self-efort to bring about God’s
will in them. Tey will have to be saved after tribulation and
failure of their worldly expectations, as we were. Children
who are raised knowing about the Lord are sometimes very
self-righteous. Tey think they deserve what they have and do
not understand grace. Tey will also have to see themselves as
sinners in order to be the dirt that can receive the Word and
bear the fruit of Jesus. God only saves sinners. We have all
been one. Tis is a necessary revelation in order to appreciate
the great value of salvation and to be saved by unmerited favor.
I remember my oldest daughter when she was three years old
going around our lost friends and relatives saying, “God does
not like that.” She was quickly defecting what we had taught
her. We thought, “You little Pharisee.”
Our heavenly Father has had many prodigal sons just as
Jesus’ parable shows, but that does not make Him a bad Father
(Lk.15:11-32). In this parable, the “good” son who never left
home was self-righteous, judgmental, and merciless. On the
other hand, the younger son, who spent his inheritance on
riotous living, realized his low estate and came to his father very

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humbly saying, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in
thy sight: I am no more worthy to be called thy son.” (Lk.15:21).
Te once rebellious son now understood mercy and grace and
was a much better man for it. Prophetically, the frstborn son
who never left the Father was the righteous among Israel, but
they did not understand grace. Te younger, second son of the
Father who fell away through the dark ages for 2,000 years is
the Church who is returning in these days to understand the
grace of God. Te Father said to these, “Bring forth quickly
the best robe (the robe of righteousness [Isa.61:10]), and put it
on him; and put a ring on his hand (symbol of authority and of
the Bride), and shoes on his feet (the walk of separation from
the world)” (Lk.15:22). Te prodigal son will have more of
everything than the frst son.
Tose who have been sinners know their need of God, but
many times, those who are raised as God’s people do not.

(Mt.21:28) But what think ye? A man had two sons; and he
came to the frst, and said, Son, go work today in the vineyard.
(29) And he answered and said, I will not: but afterward he
repented himself, and went. (30) And he came to the second, and
said likewise. And he answered and said, I [go], sir: and went
not. (31) Which of the two did the will of his father? Tey say,
Te frst. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, that the
publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
(32) For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and
ye believed him not; but the publicans and the harlots believed
him: and ye, when ye saw it, did not even repent yourselves
afterward, that ye might believe him. Many times, it is not the
son who says he will go to work in the Father’s vineyard who
actually goes, but the son whose frst inclination is to rebel.
Tis rebel who comes to see himself as a sinner goes while
the other son who feigns righteousness does not. Many career
Christians are bored with the work of God and are distracted
by the allure of the world. Te publicans and harlots are so
appreciative of a place in the kingdom that they throw their

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whole heart into it, willing to be servants rather than be served.
Tey understand the great value of the gift of grace that is
given them and their own unworthiness.
In the last days of the Gentiles, it will be the same as it
was in the last days of the Jews. Tere are many self-righteous
“Christians” today who are not the creation that the Father
desires. Tose who have been raised in the church should
humble themselves to the Word of God and not religion so
that no man takes their crown (Rev.3:11). It appears Jesus had
this in mind when He shared this parable. (Lk.18:9) And he
spake also this parable unto certain who trusted in themselves
that they were righteous, and set all others at nought: (10) Two
men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and
the other a publican. (11) Te Pharisee stood and prayed thus
with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as the rest of men,
extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. (12) I
fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I get. (13) But the
publican, standing afar of, would not lift up so much as his eyes
unto heaven, but smote his breast, saying, God, be thou merciful
to me a sinner. (14) I say unto you, Tis man went down to his
house justifed (Greek: “accounted righteous”) rather than the
other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be humbled; but
he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. Te self-righteous
child who kept all the religious traditions was not accounted
righteous while the poor sinner who was repenting of his
unworthiness was.
Jesus told the Pharisees that He had not come to call the
righteous but the sinners. He was after those who knew they
had been sinners to be His children. Look at the following
verse carefully. (Rom.11:32) For God hath shut up all unto
disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all. God has
designed that forgiven sinners become His sons. Tose who
have been disobedient have a great appreciation for mercy and
grace and do not ofend God quickly. God has subjected us
to this fallen creation for the purpose of a higher creation.

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(Rom.8:20) For the creation was subjected to vanity (the fall
and corruption), not of its own will, but by reason of him (God)
who subjected it, in hope (Greek: “frm expectation”) (21) that
the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of
corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.

Te children of God can only be created from the fallen
creation, and God is the one who subjected them to it to
humble them. Te Scriptures show us our unfaithfulness and
unworthiness so that we might have a reason to truly repent.

(Gal.3:22) But the scriptures shut up all things under sin, that
the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to them that
believe. God chose us to be saved in Christ before Adam even
fell. (Epe.1:4) Even as he chose us in him before the foundation
of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before
him in love. He knew we would need a savior before the world
was made and Adam fell. He knew the fall would happen, and
He went ahead with the creation anyway. From this you can
see that the fall was in His plan. Children who are raised with
Christ many times take Him for granted and do not really
understand grace. God has a plan for them that may involve
the temporary lifting of His grace that has been taken for
granted. Do not fear this, or walk by sight, but continue to
believe God for them.
Peter was Jesus’ little one whom He raised up to be a
disciple. He self-confdently declared to the Lord that he
would never be ofended and deny Him but would go with
Him to death (Mt.26:33-35). God hates self-confdence but
loves God-confdence. So how does God deal with this sin?

(1 Cor.10:12) Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take
heed lest he fall. Failure is the best treatment for self-confdence.
(Lk.22:31) Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have you, that
he might sift you as wheat: (32) but I made supplication for thee,
that thy faith fail not; and do thou, when once thou hast turned
again, establish thy brethren. (33) And he said unto him, Lord,
with thee I am ready to go both to prison and to death. (34) And

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he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, until
thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me. Jesus prophesied
failure for this proud man. Jesus, who had authority over
Satan, did not forbid him from sifting Peter. Satan sifts to
get what belongs to him. In this case, it was Peter’s pride,
self-righteousness, and self-confdence. What fell through the
sieve was what God wanted, the humbled Peter. Te sifted
Peter who had “turned again” or been converted, could now
“establish the brethren.” Before this failure, he would have been
a good Pharisee.

(Lk.7:40) And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon
(the Pharisee, not Peter), I have somewhat to say unto thee.
And he saith, Teacher, say on. (41) A certain lender had two
debtors: the one owed fve hundred shillings, and the other
ffty. (42) When they had not [wherewith] to pay, he forgave
them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?
(43) Simon answered and said, He, I suppose, to whom he
forgave the most. And he said unto him, Tou hast rightly judged.
(44) And turning to the woman, he said unto Simon, Seest thou
this woman? I entered into thy house, thou gavest me no water
for my feet: but she hath wetted my feet with her tears, and
wiped them with her hair. (45) Tou gavest me no kiss: but she,
since the time I came in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet. (46) My
head with oil thou didst not anoint: but she hath anointed my
feet with ointment. (47) Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins,
which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom
little is forgiven, [the same] loveth little. Big sinners make big
saints, for they know the value of grace.
According to the previous verses, God wants people who are
forgiven of their many sins and saved by grace so that they love
and appreciate Him much. Tis is the creation that He wants,
not Adam before the fall. Te creation that springs from the
last Adam Jesus Christ is the ones who have fallen and then
are saved by grace through faith. We need not worry about
our children or loved ones becoming sinners, just “hold fast the

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confession of your hope that it waver not, for he is faithful that
promised.” We must gracefully sow seeds of truth, as we can,
without frustrating them. Tey cannot be convinced without
grace. “God works all things after the counsel of His own will”
and “a man can receive nothing except it have been given him
from heaven,” and “no one comes unto the Son except the Father
draw him.” God will do it when the time is right, and He will
use our faith because “faith is the substance of the thing hoped
for.” We can see why sometimes God does not save people
until they are a little older and have tried the world and found
it wanting. However, if you have faithfully served the Lord
from your youth, you have a great reward.
God can save anyone anytime He desires. It is important
that we not try of our own works to save the lost but frst
honor God’s sovereignty with our faith for Him to do it.

(Jn.6:37) All that which the Father giveth me shall come
unto me … (44) No man can come to me, except the Father
that sent me draw him …. Father will draw everyone
that He chooses to Christ. God chooses us and gives us a
desire to come to Him and only then do we choose Him.

(Ps.65:4) Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest
to approach [unto thee], that he may dwell in thy courts. God
sometimes chooses the worst in our estimation. If God can
save Paul or Mary Magdalene, who had seven demons, he can
save those we believe for. Do you remember the conversion
of Saul who persecuted the saints with a vengeance?
(Acts 9:3-5) And suddenly there shone round about him a light
out of heaven: and he fell upon the earth, and heard a voice
saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And
he said, Who art thou, Lord? And he [said], I am Jesus whom
thou persecutest. A monkey would get saved with such an
experience, which was totally at the discretion of God. Tis
same omnipotent God says, “All things, whatsoever ye shall
ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Mt.21:22). God uses
His gift of faith in us to manifest the salvation of those He

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has chosen from the foundation of the world. Pray and thank
God for those salvations.
I can hear someone say, “Goody, we will believe God to
save the devil; that will solve a lot of problems.” I do not think
such faith would endure to the end since faith is a gift from
God (Epe.2:8), to give or to take, and there is no precedent in
Scriptures for such a request. Besides that, the devil is needed
in his job for which he would be totally unft if he got saved.
Tere is precedent for household salvation though (Acts 11:14;
18:8). Paul and Silas ofered this to the jailer. (Acts 16:31) And
they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved,
thou and thy house. Tey believed and were saved. (34) … with
all his house, having believed in God. Peter preached this, too.
(Acts 2:39) For to you is the promise, and to your children, and
to all that are afar of, [even] as many as the Lord our God shall
call unto him.

In Exodus 12:3, the lamb was slain for a household.
Unbelieving family members are sanctifed by our faith.

(1 Cor.7:14) For the unbelieving husband is sanctifed in the
wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctifed in the brother: else
were your children unclean; but now are they holy.

Some object that God would be unrighteous to
choose some and not others. We are too late; He
has done just that. (Ps.147:19) He showeth his word
unto Jacob, His statutes and his ordinances unto Israel.
(20) He hath not dealt so with any nation; And as for his
ordinances, they have not known them. Praise ye the Lord.

God did not attempt to share His frst covenant with any
of the world but Israel. Te New Testament He shares only
with spiritual Israel. (Dt.7:6) For thou art a holy people unto
the Lord thy God: Te Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a
people for his own possession, above all peoples that are upon the
face of the earth. (7) Te Lord did not set his love upon you, nor
choose you, because ye were more in number than any people;
for ye were the fewest of all peoples. God is not worried about

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multitudes, for He has chosen the least. He still only chooses
little spiritual Israel on the narrow road.
Abraham is the father of spiritual Israel, the Church: those
who walk in the same gift of faith that Abraham walked in.

(Gal.3:7) Know therefore that they that are of faith, the same are
sons of Abraham. Paul told the Gentile church at Rome that the
people of all nations who believe the promise were Abraham’s
children. (Rom.4:16) For this cause [it is] of faith, that [it may be]
according to grace; to the end that the promise may be sure to all the
seed; not to that only which is of the law, (natural Israel) but to that
also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all
(17) (as it is written, A father of many nations [Gentiles] have
I made thee). True, spiritual Israel believes the promises even
now. (Rom.9:6-9) … For they are not all Israel, that are of
Israel: (7) neither, because they are Abraham's seed (naturally
or physically), are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed
be called. (8) Tat is, it is not the children of the fesh (natural
Israel) that are children of God; but the children of the promise
are reckoned for a seed. Tose who believe the promises are
born again children of the promises. Tese are Abraham’s
seed.

A New Testament spiritual Jew is circumcised in heart,
not fesh. (Rom.2:28) For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly
(physical); neither is that circumcision which is outward in the
fesh: (29) but he is a Jew who is one inwardly (spiritual); and
circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit not in the letter. Notice
that a Jew now is not a physical Jew. A Jew now has the fesh cut
of from his heart through the new birth. (Gal.6:15) For neither
is circumcision (in the fesh) anything, nor uncircumcision, but
a new creature. (16) And as many as shall walk by this rule,
peace [be] upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

Te Israel of God are they who walk as new creatures. Te
unregenerate physical Jews who worship in synagogues are not
Jews until they are born again through the New Testament.

(Rev.2:9) I know thy tribulation, and thy poverty (but

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thou art rich), and the blasphemy of them that say they are
Jews, and they art not, but are a synagogue of Satan (the
same in Rev.3:9). We were not Jews but now are in Spirit.
(Rom.9:25) As he saith also in Hosea, I will call that my people,
which was not my people; And her beloved, that was not beloved.
(26) And it shall be, [that] in the place where it was said unto
them, Ye are not my people, Tere shall they be called sons of the
living God. We were not His people but are now beloved sons
of God.

(Rom.9:27) And Isaiah crieth concerning Israel (natural or
physical), If the number of the children of Israel be as the sand
of the sea, it is the remnant that shall be saved. A remnant of
natural Israel will be born again mostly after the elect Gentiles
have been saved. (Rom.11:25) … A hardening in part hath
befallen Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.” “In
part” here means that the line between Gentiles and Jews is
not a sharp demarcation. Neither was it in the book of Acts.
Jews are even now being saved more than ever. Tis is a sign
that we are nearing the end of the times of the Gentiles. Most
of the physical Jews will come in after the Gentiles.
We who sought not after God were given the gift of faith to
be spiritual New Testament Israel when natural Israel turned
her back on God. (Rom.10:20) And Isaiah is very bold, and saith,
I was found of them that sought me not; I became manifest unto
them that asked not of me. God revealed himself to the Church
who on their own neither knew nor sought Him. (21) But as
to Israel he saith, All the day long did I spread out my hands
unto a disobedient and gainsaying people. (Rom.11:7) … that
which Israel (physical) seeketh for, that he obtained not; but the
election (chosen) obtained it, and the rest were hardened: (We
see here that only the few chosen among the many called of
Israel accepted Christ and the New Testament. Te rest were
reprobated.) (8) according as it is written, God gave them a
spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they
should not hear, unto this very day. In that day and in this,

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those who walk by faith are chosen from among the called to
be the eternal people of the living God.
Paul said “all Israel” is the physical Jews and Gentiles who
are part of the olive tree by faith, not those who are broken
of by unbelief (Rom.11:19-25). All have sinned and deserve
destruction. Is God wrong for giving some mercy and grace
and others justice? All deserve justice instead of unmerited
favor.

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